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HISTORICAL PLAN OF THE ABBEY The first abbey church was established as early as the 10th century, but the present French-influenced Gothic structure was begun in 1245 at the behest of Henry III. Because of its unique role as the coronation church, the abbey escaped Henry VIII’s dissolution of Britain’s monastic buildings (1536–9) during the Protestant Reformation. KEY Built before 1400 St. Edward’s Chapel The Coronation Chair is housed here, along with the tombs of many medieval monarchs. 1660) by Dutch master Jan Vermeer, are on display in the Picture Gallery.
Further north, Leicester Square is at the heart of the West End entertainment district with the city’s leading cinemas and lively nightclubs, while London’s Chinatown attracts a steady throng of diners and shoppers. Bordering it, Shaftesbury Avenue is the main artery of London’s theaterland. E National Portrait Gallery 2 St. Martin’s Place WC2. Tel 0207312 2463. # daily. ¢ Dec 24–26. & for special exhibitions. 7 - = 8 audio guide. uk For hotels and restaurants in this region see pp96–8 and pp102–4 The thoroughfare called Piccadilly links Hyde Park Corner with Piccadilly Circus, but the name also refers to the surrounding area.
Millions die as trench warfare along Western Front reaches stalemate 1944 Normandy Landings. Allied forces create second front, which leads to eventual defeat of Germany in 1945 1939 Outbreak of World War II. Germany overruns Poland, then, in 1940, France 1949 Berlin Air Lift stops Russian blockade of West Berlin 1956 Hungarian uprising against Communist rule crushed by Russian tanks 1918 Defeat of 1901 Germany, following American entry into war in 1917 First award of Nobel prizes in Sweden and Norway 1936–9 Spanish 1957 Treaty of Rome: European Economic Community marks beginning of European Union 1989 Collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe.